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Remember when? Cloud memory I/O benchmarks released

The testers at have produced new cloud computing benchmarks, focusing this time on memory performance.

The Daily Cloud

CloudHarmony releases memory benchmarks
The intrepid and possibly OCD testers at the CloudHarmony blog have released a fourth global benchmark for cloud providers, this time on memory performance. Often virtualized by arcane means, memory space and performance are an important part of a cloud computing environment.

CloudHarmony chose NewServers, which sells physical servers on-demand and by the hour, as a baseline standard of memory performance. "This will provide a more readily comparable reference to non-cloud configurations," said the blog. Providers could score above or below the performance of NewServers.

The winner overall was newcomer Storm On Demand, which proves you can buy your way to the top, as the cloud offering (from hosters Liquid Web) is reported to run on the latest Intel boards and chips. Amazon fared well too, consistently offering better memory I/O than NewServers' baseline and proving that hardware is probably not the sole issue driving results. Providers outside the U.S. universally fared poorly. Read the rest yourself. It's fun…if you're a total nerd.

There's a Toad under your cloud
Venerable and amphibian-friendly database toolkit Toad has gone cloud, as Quest Software has launched a beta for hip new non-relational, cloud-oriented, modern databases. Now all the cool kids can get retro, as the Toad for Cloud supports "Amazon SimpleDB, Microsoft Azure Table services, Apache HBase, and any Open Database Connectivity (ODBC)-enabled relational database."

Apache Cassandra, Hadoop and Hive are next on the list, and Quest says it has Eclipse "on the roadmap."

Airlines still wary of public cloud
300 aviation executives met in Belgium this week, and while the airline industry is always interested in new, cost-cutting technology, many were apprehensive about public cloud services.

In fact, a survey of airline execs showed that 56% expected an increase in IT spending, but 75% had no plans to use public cloud infrastructure services. Like most big enterprises, private cloud seems more up their alley for now.

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